Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 520 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS over the Canon ELPH 500 HS.
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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Aperture Much wider aperture f/2.0 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the 500 HS's lens captures much more light (1.5 f-stops)
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Screen size Larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Size Smaller 100x55x25 mm vs 113x73x46 mm
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2.7x smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 500 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.4 fps vs 0.9 fps
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Around 4x faster continuous shooting
Weight Lighter 185 g vs 306 g
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Around 40% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1" vs 1.8"
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Around 50% thinner
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $147.49 vs $189.79
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The best price we've seen is $42 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX150 IS

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Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Zoom Slightly more zoom 12x vs 4.4x
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More than 7.5x more zoom
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the 500 HS.

similarities

Compared to recent digicams

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
500 HS:3.4 fps
SX150 IS:0.9 fps
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Zoom Poor zoom Help
500 HS:4.4x
SX150 IS:12x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Travel zoom

$199 - $320

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Travel zoom

$129 - $182

Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Travel zoom

$206

Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$179 - $203

Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Macro focus Better macro capability
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$180 - $220

Shutter lag Less shutter lag
Weight Slightly lighter
Aperture Narrower aperture
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

Ultra compact

$140

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Aperture Narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$255 - $800

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Touch screen No touch screen
Screen size Smaller screen
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$225

Macro focus Better macro capability
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Travel zoom

$149 - $180

Battery life Much longer battery life
Zoom Slightly more zoom
Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Travel zoom

$150 - $250

Battery life Much longer battery life
Zoom Slightly more zoom
Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Super zoom

$199 - $250

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Size Larger
Thickness Thicker
Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

Travel zoom

$230

Aperture Wider aperture
Weight Slightly lighter
Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Travel zoom

$186

appearance

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discussion

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